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City may become a hub of medical tourism, say experts

The Millennium City, which houses many world class healthcare facilities, is poised to become a global medical destination. Divya Sethi reports.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2012 01:05 IST
Divya Sethi

The Millennium City, which houses many world class healthcare facilities, is poised to become a global medical destination.

Although the health department had failed to prevent the outbreak of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases in the last year, the authorities are hopeful that things would change for the better in 2012.

“Medical tourism is growing at the rate of 30% annually. This year nearly 1.5 lakh patients visited India. Gurgaon in the national capital region gets one third of the total international patients,” said Dr Avdesh Mehta, who runs medical tourism company Med Safe Trip.

Patients come here from Canada, Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

However, the city witnessed 526 cases of Malaria during the last year.

At least nine people died of dengue while 156 got infected with the disease.

The district has 19 government-run hospitals, dispensaries and community health centres. Besides, nearly 100 private hospitals promise to cater to the patients of the country as well as foreigners.

In spite of being close to Delhi, the healthcare hub of India, Gurgaon houses facilities run by almost all the big names in the sector.

And the best part is that these hospitals are equipped with all the modern technologies and experienced professionals.

Many health specialists of Delhi also chose to shift their base to Gurgaon.

For example, renowned heart specialist Dr Naresh Trehan has founded Medanta-The Medicity and Dr Venu Gopal, former director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, heads the Alchemist Hospital here.